Three very different films showing at the David Lean this week but relationships are a common theme.
November’s Babes in Arms screening is another chance to see Paweł Pawlikowski’s masterpiece, Cold War, on Tuesday at 11am.
Winning best director award at Cannes in May, it also had a five star Guardian review by Mark Kermode. Not hard to see why this complex love story set with the backdrop of post war Poland is getting such high praise.
Tuesday evening’s film is Tehran Taboo, showing at 7.30pm.
Using rotoscope animation, expat Iranian filmmaker Ali Soozandeh creates a portrait of contemporary life in Iran’s capital, broaching topics that may otherwise be impossible to tell.
The Wife, with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, has 2 screenings on Thursday and is virtually sold out at the time of writing.
For a second week we have three films on show, with a screening on Saturday to commemorate the end of World War One.
Tuesday evening’s film, Crazy Rich Asians, is a romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan. Its worldwide box office take of $234 million to date makes it the highest-grossing romantic comedy of the last 10 years. It is also the first Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
Thursday – Sarah Waters’s books lend themselves to successful screen adaptations, as those of you who saw Chan-wook Park’s The Handmaiden will attest, and Thursday’s film The Little Stranger is no exception. Lenny Abrahamson follows up on the award-winning Room with this study of the declining aristocracy in the aftermath of the Second World War, with a superb performance from Ruth Wilson.
Saturday – To commemorate the end of the First World War in November 1918, we are screening the acclaimed French film The Guardians on Saturday afternoon. A story of the women running the ‘home front’ in war-torn France, it stars Natalie Baye, her real-life daughter Laura Smet and newcomer Iris Bry, and shows the efforts made to cultivate the land in the absence of the menfolk with the strains this places on the les guardiennes. The moving score is by veteran composer Michel Legrand.
Another busy week at the David Lean Cinema, with a Halloween screening to add to our usual programme. Tickets are available for all three films.
Tuesday evening’s film is The Miseducation of Cameron Post from writer-director Desiree Akhavan, whose television series, The Bisexual, is currently airing on Channel 4. A strong cast, headed by Chloë Grace Moretz, portray this story of a young woman who, having been caught in a sexual encounter with another girl, is sent by her straight-laced guardian to a Christian-based gay conversion therapy centre for teenagers named God’s Promise.
Although such ‘re-education’ is generally discredited in most enlightened societies, it is still practiced in some parts of the world. The film is set in 1993, but this therapy was still available a few years ago in the USA, as described in this Guardian article.
Along with the feature above, this is your final opportunity to see the BRIT School short “The Art of Parkinson’s”. This perceptive film is about an ex-docker who uses creative therapy to overcome his illness. We are delighted that director Cray Smith will be at the screening to participate in a brief Q&A immediately following the short (and before the main feature). We can recommend his website (with a warning about the flashing imagery in the show reel) and his hugely enjoyable, potty-mouthed gangster spoof Sugar Rush.
This week’s offerings share the importance of personal passions on both sides of the Atlantic.
We start in France on Tuesday at 7.30pm with the renowned Agnès Varda (director of Vagabond which we screened last month) in Faces Places.
Joined by JR, a muralist and photographer, the pair head out on a photo
booth enhanced truck exploring the villages and small towns and meeting humble residents – all the while creating large scale portraits plastered across unconventional locations.
Varda shows her typically playful and tender manner so it is no surprise that, at the age of 90, she is the oldest person to have been nominated for an Academy Award.
Tickets can be booked here
and…Thursday’s film, Puzzle, which screens at 2.30pm (subtitled for those with a hearing loss) and 7.30pm shows that it’s never too late to find what you’re good at with Kelly McDonald starring as Agnes. Read more………..
Two very contrasting films showing at the David Lean Cinema this week but both have in common an examination of the human spirit in difficulty.
On Tuesday we have the beautifully crafted, feature documentary One Note at a Time at 7.30pm, as part of Black History Month.
From director and producer Renee Edwards (who will be joining us along with composer Ray Russell for a Q and A after the film), it follows the devastating effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans in 2005. The film covers not only its human cost and effect on residents, but the iconic music scene and the musicians forced to leave their lives after the flooding. We discover how they felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again to keep the music alive.
Booking is here and we will also have musician Neal Richardson with his keyboard in the Arts Bar from 7pm. Read more………
A busy week at the David Lean this week with four films for you. First up, on Tuesday we have another screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a prequel to the first movie based on the ABBA songs. This is October’s Babes in Arms screening and starts at 11.00, so if you (and your baby) are fans of the Swedish supergroup’s music, do come along.
The Rider, our film on Tuesday evening, is a truly wonderful semi-documentary which follows rodeo rider Brady Jandreau, as he recovers from a head wound inflicted during a rodeo, and begins to realise the change this will have on his life. This is the second film by Chloé Zhao, and like her previous movie was shot on a reservation in South Dakota. You can find out more about her and her relationship with Brady and his family in this Guardian interview. “The Rider is a modern-day western in which the machismo is secondary. It’s an elegiac affair but one that portrays its troubled main character with extraordinary tenderness and insight” (Independent). Book tickets here – the film starts at 19.30. Read more………..
An interesting duo of films in this week’s programme for the David Lean Cinema.
Tuesday evening at 19:30 sees Sicilian Ghost Story, a supernatural drama with mythical elements re-imagines the tragic story of 12-year old Giuseppe Di Matteo, kidnapped by the Mafia in 1993 in a bid to silence his informant father.
In settings where a forest, lake and animals evoke memories of dark fairy tales, the disappearance of Giuseppe (aged 13 in the film) causes classmate Luna to rebel against the silence and complicity that surround her, in a relentless quest to find him.
Thursday’s film, Shiraz, is a feast for the eyes, as the 1928 silent film come to our screen.
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, it tells not only of their romance but how it led to the construction of one of India’s most majestic buildings: the Taj Mahal.
Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings and the film was restored to its glory from original film elements by the BFI in 2017, accompanied by a new score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar.
This week is very much of films about families. To start, on Tuesday we have a repeat screening of Tully, the story of how a night nanny changes life for fraught mother-to-be Marlo, played by Charlize Theron, who already has two boisterous kids and a useless husband. This is our BabesInArms screening and starts at 11.00.
We follow on with a Spanish duo of films, both based on true-life family memories.
Tuesday evening’s film, Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, is a documentary about Julita Salmerón, who fulfilled her dreams as outlined in the film’s title, only to have the economic downturn in the 2008 put all this in jeopardy. Based on 400 hours of footage in various formats, Julita’s actor son Gustavo creates an eclectic portrait of his larger-than-life mother and her family, which won the 2018 Goya Award for Best Documentary (Spain’s Oscars). Click here to book tickets – the film starts at 19.30. Read more……….
Two very different but equally engaging films at the David Lean Cinema this week.
Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is Pin Cushion. We’re delighted to announce a Q&A after the film with lead Joanna Scanlan, playing Lyn. You may remember her from The Thick of It and The Invisible Woman.
The film is the directorial debut of Deborah Haywood. Speaking to the BFI, Haywood says the film is a deeply personal story. She used her own experiences for Iona, Lyn’s teenage daughter, who struggles to fit into life as a teenage girl in a new high school. It can, at times, make uncomfortable viewing but offers an insightful and thoughtful look into the effect of bullying.
Haywood believes that, “Iona is the protagonist but I think it’s Lyn’s story”. As the viewer, we find Iona trying to make sense of this new world. However, it’s mother Lyn, that truly finds the hardest time, making a connection to anyone in their new town. Read more………….
Near sell-out audiences for our films last week, so we hope you will enjoy this week’s offerings.
Tuesday’s film at 19:30 is First Reformed, the latest film from Paul Schrader. Like many of the French New Wave directors, Schrader started as a critic, and his book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer established him as a leading film theorist. With his brother Leonard, he began writing film scripts, but it was his solo effort Taxi Driver (1976), directed by Martin Scorsese, that shot him to fame. Three more scripts for Scorsese, as well as for Brian DePalma and Peter Weir followed, but in the meantime Schrader began his directing career with Blue Collar in 1978. American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) and others followed, but his more recent work has failed to impress, so First Reformed is seen as a return to form.
McKellen: Playing the Part, screening on Thursday at 14:30 and 19:30, is based on a 14 hour interview with the actor. Read More…………….